Homesteading in Michigan
Homesteading in Michigan – here is a summary of some of the important considerations for starting off your homestead journey in this state.
Climate – Click on the city/town links for more ‘local’ data
Geography – general geographic information
Geology – geologic information (what rocks do we find)
Average land price per acre (2013) : $4,700
Read below what real homesteaders in this state think the pros and cons for living and homesteading here. Add your own in the comments!
Pros: Not too hot in summers
Cons: Shorter growing seasons
Howard, 10 acres
Pros: The weather is great. The lay of the land (in the bottom half of the lower peninsula) is perfect for animals. We have a good mix of hills and flat.
The laws are easy, no one has regulated gardens or water bins.
Also we have a nice cottage food law which makes it easy to sell most of the food off our property without a lot of government oversight.
Cons: Winters are long. The roads here are the worst in the nation. There are no jobs and our cities are widely scattered so having a job while working the homestead is going to be difficult.
Taxes in some counties are very high.
Also the cost of living is pretty high here.
Rose, 11 acres
Pros: Lots of land
Cons: Big ag is trying to make it impossible to be a small farmer/urban homesteader
Tams, 10 acres